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Nikon introduces new DL range, launches three COOLPIX series shooters

By Ian Chee - on 24 Feb 2016, 4:55pm

Nikon's new DL series

Nikon has recently announced the launch of its new DL series of premium compact cameras that make use of the high-performance NIKKOR lenses. There are three models within this newly launched line, which are the DL18-50mm f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85mm f/1.8-2.8, and the DL24-500mm f/2.8-5.6. All three models support Nikon’s SnapBridge for transferring photos to your smart devices via Bluetooth immediately after they are taken.

All three models are capable of some amazing feats. To start, all three models feature a Hybrid AF system using both phase-detection and contrast-detection autofocus, giving them a wide AF area. They are also capable of shooting in RAW format, as well as recording videos in 4K UHD. Users of Nikon DLSRs will also find that the user interface is a familiar one on the new DL series.

DL18-50mm f/1.8-2.8

With a focal length of 18mm and an aperture of f/1.8, the DL18-50mm f/1.8-2.8 comes with the fastest NIKKOR lens there is. this allows for the capture of dynamic perspectives, high contrast and deep bokeh. It is also the only one among the three DL models to incorporate a Nano Crystal Coat for reducing ghosting and flare.

The lens components are also uniquely designed to allow for architecture and landscape shots, keeping high resolution at the edges of images. A perspective control function recognizes the differences in focusing distance between the camera and various parts of the subject, and correcs image distortion accordingly.

DL24-85mm f/1.8-2.8

If you like background blur when shooting portraits, then this is the shooter for you. The DL24-85mm f/1.8-2.8 comes with a lens architecture that incorporates incorporates ED glass, precision moulded-glass aspherical lens and HRI lens elements. There is also a built-in ND filter for preventing overexposure when using lower shutter speeds in bright environments.

Want to capture fine details close-up? The DL24-85mm f/1.8-2.8 gives you a super macro function while still giving you access to focus bracketing and manual-priority AF. This leaves more tools at your disposal as you capture the finer details of objects up close.

DL24-500mm f/2.8-5.6

Helping you take a shot of something at a distance as if you were standing right in front of it is the DL24-500mm f/2.8-5.6. It comes equipped with a 24-500mm high-resolution NIKKOR zoom lens that lets you shoot just as easily when zoom in on something at a distance as you would when shooting landscapes.

Making this possible is the Dual Detect Optical VR module which compensates for camera shake. There’s also a SPORT (VR) mode for tracking subjects that move erratically, ensuring that your high-speed continuous shooting and panning shots are precise and smooth.